Why Study Philosophy?

Of all fields of study, philosophy places the most importance on critical thinking skills. With the instruction and practice provide by a minor in philosophy, you'll be better able to understand and analyze difficult concepts and ideas, to evaluate arguments for validity and soundness and to speak and write persuasively.

In addition to using these skills to advance understanding in traditional areas of philosophy--metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics--philosophers also use them to examine the basic assumptions and methods on which other disciplines are based. A close look at these fundamentals will help you understand the purpose, scope and limitations of your primary focus, whether you're in the sciences, arts, humanities or human services.

Practically speaking, a Minor in Philosophy is also a great way to prepare for graduate or professional school. Undergraduate philosophy majors routinely outperform most other majors on the GRE and LSAT, they outperform all Business-related majors on the GMAT and they rank third in their acceptance rate to medical school.

And despite what you may have heard, philosophy students often find great success in the business world. Given the analytical skills they acquire in their education, this should come as no surprise, but old stereotypes die hard. For some convincing evidence, have a look at the following articles: